Nepal parliament dissolved again, snap polls announced for November 12, 19

Claims for new govt formation were rejected

Claims for new govt formation were rejected 

KATHMANDU, May 22: President Bidya Devi Bhandari has dissolved the House of Representatives (HoR) at the recommendation of the Council of Ministers. 

President Bhandari dissolved the lower house of parliament as per Article 76 (7) and announced fresh parliamentary elections for November 12 and 19, at 1 AM on Saturday morning upon the recommendation of Cabinet meeting held on Friday midnight.

Earlier, Bhandari rejected the claims staked for the new government formation as per Article 76 (5). Nepali Congress (NC) President Sher Bahadur Deuba and Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli claimed to have the support of a majority of lawmakers in parliament. While PM Oli said that as many as 153 lawmakers --- 121 from the UML and 32 from the Janata Samajbadi Party (JSP) --- supported him for new government formation, Deuba also claimed to have support of 149 lawmakers --- 61 from NC, 49 from CPN (Maoist Center), 26 from ruling CPN-UML’s Madhav Nepal faction, 12 from Janata Samajbadi Party’s Upendra Yadav faction and an independent lawmaker. The claims from both the leaders were rejected citing the lack of strong bases for new government formation as per Article 76 (5). 

Following the rejection of claims for a new government, a Cabinet meeting was held at the prime minister’s official residence in Baluwatar and decided to recommend to the president to announce snap polls for November 12 and 19 later this year. 

This is the second time that PM Oli dissolved the House. Earlier, he had unconstitutionally dissolved the 275-member HoR on December 20 last year which was restored by the Supreme Court (SC) verdict on February 23. 

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